Gone are the days of bulky, boxy TVs. Slim, sleek models are the standard now, and manufacturers try to outdo one another not just in technology, but also in aesthetic appeal. One of the features in these sets is that you can mount them on your walls, and thus they are more than ever able to integrate into the design of the space.
But the thing is, a black rectangle is just no fun on the wall. It isn’t art; it isn’t worthy to be framed. So fill that screen with any of these 7 awesome films! Each one is so gorgeously made that each frame is a truly visual feast. Pick one that goes well with your room, pop in the disc and hit play. Whether you let it run on or randomly freeze a frame, you’ve got art on your wall.
1. Amelie – 2001 – Jean-Pierre Jeunet
This movie has a beautiful, dreamy atmosphere of saturated reds and greens. It’s a charming, feel-good story filled with quirky characters, delightful montages, and bright splashes of vibrant colors.
Watch this film clip and imagine it playing in this room.
2. Hero (Ying Xiong) – 2002 – Zhang Yimou
Apart from the mind-blowing, Rashomon-like plot line, Hero features breath-taking photographyand thrilling and elegant fight sequences
3. In the Mood for Love – 2000 – Wong Kar Wai
This one is heady like wine. Wong Kar Wai’s images of 1962 Hong Kong are intoxicating, his pacing languid, keeping the viewer tantalized and teased by the story’s unconsummated romance.
4. Dreams – 1990 – Akira Kurosawa
Before What Dreams May Come, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Inception (all wall-worthy films, by the way), there was Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams in 1990. It is a series of 8 short films filled with visions bizarre, rich, and pregnant with hidden meanings and symbols—just what you would expect of… well, dreams.
This clip’s from the segment entitle Crows, and is about a man who walks right into the world of Van Gogh’s paintings, and meets the artist himself, played by Martin Scorcese.
5. The Fountain – 2006 – Darren Aronofsky
Apart from the beauteous cast (I mean, who wouldn’t want to gorge on Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz?), there are worlds and eras to see in The Fountain. The story spans centuries into the past and into the future, but the visual elements remain transcendent and glorious.
6. Sin City – 2005 – Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino
Every scene is a comic book frame here—high contrast, action laden, dramatically composed. This movie is so stylized and so stylish, even the really violent parts look awesomely artsy.
7. The Matrix Trilogy – the 1999-2003
What would the last turn of the century be without The Matrix? It defined an era in filmmaking, with its consciousness-altering premise, slick and polished special effects, and coronary-inducing fight sequences. This film trilogy offers hours and hours of spectacular visual stimuli.